Reading this morning's paper and then seeing the six o';News tonight, I realise just how very bad the weather has been in the South of the country.
We are not all that big a country so it seems odd that this, the first real storm of the winter, should behave in such a way. The strip in the South had inches of rain and strong winds - and ultimately bad flooding; the extreme North had snow and in the middle it was just breezy and cloudy. Although not a bad day here it wasn't the kind of day that made you feel like going out. So we stayed in by the fire.
Today remnants of that stormy weather have reached us and it has been blowing a gale and pouring with rain for most of the day. The wind is blowing directly from the North here so it has also been bitterly cold. Even Tess had to be coaxed out for a utility walk.
It seems to be set to blow itself out by tomorrow night, but in the meantime there seems to be much disruption down in the South of the country and once again serious flooding. Why does it always seem to happen just before Christmas?
Keep warm everyone - and sit it out, wherever you are - it is on the way out. My thoughts, as always in severe gales, lie with those at sea.